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USC star closer Price named to D1Baseball.com All-Decade team

By DENNIS BRUNSON dennis@theitem.com
Posted 12/28/19

Matt Price was the closer for the South Carolina baseball team during not only the best 3-year stretch in the program's history, but one of the best in college baseball history.

Because of that, Price, a standout pitcher for Sumter High School …

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USC star closer Price named to D1Baseball.com All-Decade team

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Matt Price was the closer for the South Carolina baseball team during not only the best 3-year stretch in the program's history, but one of the best in college baseball history.

Because of that, Price, a standout pitcher for Sumter High School and the Sumter American Legion P-15's, has been named to the All-Decade team by D1Baseball.com.

The right-handed Price is one of two relief pitchers on the team. He is joined by Gamecock teammate Michael Roth as one of four starting pitchers.

Also on the team as the designated hitter is Clemson's Seth Beer.

Price and Roth were on back-to-back national championship teams in 2010 and 2011 as well as the national runner-up squad in 2012. They also helped Carolina set a national record with 22 consecutive wins in NCAA Tournament play from 2010-12.

Price, who was a captain in 2012, appeared in 102 games for the Gamecocks, going 18-10 with a 2.76 earned run average while picking up a school record 43 saves. Price had 267 career strikeouts, including 94 in 2012.

Price was a first team All-America selection by CollegeBaseballInsider.com and Perfect Game in 2011, finishing with a 7-3 record and a 1.83 ERA with 20 saves. He also was named to the College World Series All-Tournament Team in 2011, closing out the series with saves in both wins over Florida in the championship series.

Price picked up the win in the 2010 national championship- clinching victory over UCLA, pitching 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. He also picked up a win over Clemson that sent the Gamecocks to the 2010 national championship series. In that contest, Price struck out three in 2 1/3 innings of relief.

Roth was a 2-time captain for the Gamecocks and ended his career with a 26-6 record and a stellar 1.91 ERA in 354 1/3 innings. He was named a first team All-America in 2011 by CollegeBaseballInsider.com, Baseball America and Perfect Game after going 14-3 with 1.06 ERA and 112 strikeouts in 145 innings.

He helped Carolina clinch the 2011 national championship with a win over Florida, allowing just two runs in 7 2/3 innings pitched. Roth is best known in Columbia for his performance in the 2010 College World Series. He pitched a complete game in a 5-1 win over Clemson, limiting the Tigers to just one run on three hits with four strikeouts to help Carolina to the national championship series. He then allowed a run on six hits in the championship series start against UCLA.

Beer played from 2016 through 2018 at Clemson. He played in 188 games and had a career batting average of .321 and an on-base percentage of .489. He had 208 career hits, 98 of them going for extra bases. He drove in 177 runs and scored 172. He drew 180 walks and was hit by 42 pitches.

Beer was a first team All-American and National Freshman of the Year on many teams in '16. He was a second and third team All-American in '17 and a first teamer in '18.

D1Basebal.coml All-Decade Team

C - Adley Rutschman, Oregon State

1B - Andrew Vaughn, California

2B - Nick Madrigal, Oregon State

SS - Alex Bregman, LSU

3B - Kris Bryant, San Diego

OF - Jake Mangum, Mississippi State

OF - Michael Conforto, Oregon State

OF - George Springer, UConn

DH - Seth Beer, Clemson

UT - Brendan McKay, Louisville

SP - Trevor Bauer, UCLA

SP - Thomas Eshelman, Cal State Fullerton SP - Preston Morrison, TCU SP - Aaron Nola, LSU SP - Michael Roth, South Carolina RP - David Berg, LSU RP - Matt Price, South Carolina